I must confess that the moment this got really serious and learning that almost 90% of our income was disappearing overnight, I focused on fear, on paying my way, of surviving financially intact. But it’s the same for so many, and it’s so not about the money is it?
This will likely end up being the biggest, hardest and best lesson we have ever learned.
At the time of writing this, I don’t know what will happen in terms of our business, or paying our way, but we have a roof over our heads, our whole family is isolating together (five of us and a dog) and we have some food to eat, and as I write this the sun is shining brightly.
A few days in and some lovely truths are revealing themselves. You will have seen so many wonderful examples shared on social media and in the news. Love, caring, kindness is emerging as the thing that will get us through something so difficult.
Personally, I started off with a little offer for my chocolate business, where I asked people to play it forward, buy a deposit-only voucher and then come along and spend some time with me and my chocolate tanks when it was all over.
It was an idea about trying to find a fix to no income, but within moments it turned into something so much more. It was the promise of being with people again, the chance to laugh and have fun together and enjoy some chocolate with each other. That became a lifeline of a treat to look forward to more than anything else, especially for me. People have been wonderful in their support buying lots of vouchers and really touching me with their generosity.
I have also been supporting a small group through my New Dawn business start up programme. I wondered initially, if I could deliver the same experience in the midst of all the stress and anxiety. I gave myself a good talking to, it’s my duty to support them to get their small business ideas off the ground as there will be the other side of this and they will be ready and able to get their ventures launched…..how exciting! I have loved that this element has continued as normal and it’s been a total tonic to have this to focus on and the lovely people taking part to support.
Our planet is healing, with the world in lock down there is huge opportunity for our environments to improve and hopefully teach us a better way forward.
On a personal level, I’ve seen friends step up and be something incredible to each other. Upbeat, supportive, caring and kind. In true British style there have been some hilarious shares to keep us smiling through – I’m sure they will keep on coming.
Being unable to be with some loved ones, knowing some are on their own and finding things difficult, reminds us how much we do love them. There are going to be some super-sized hugs going around when we can finally be with them again.
We are truly being shown love in the time of corona.
“He allowed himself to be swayed by his conviction that human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.”
― Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera
Be safe, stay well and show love.
25th March 2020